S. Korea defeats Cuba 6-1 in pre-WBC exhibition game

South Korea defeated Cuba 6-1 in an exhibition game ahead of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in Seoul.

Starter Chang Won-jun tossed four shutout innings, and the once-maligned lineup pounded out 11 hits at Gocheok Sky Dome in the nation's capital.

The two nations will meet again at 2 p.m. Sunday at the same venue.

South Korea will host Pool A action in the first round against Israel, the Netherlands and Chinese Taipei, starting on March 6. Cuba will face Japan, Australia and China in Pool B play in Tokyo.

The Chinatrust Brothers beat Cuba 3-1

In Taichung last night, Cuba’s bullpen showed some weakness as the Chinatrust Brothers scored three late runs on three hits and two walks to prevail 3-1.

In the top half of the ninth inning, Tseng Tzu-hsien delivered the key hit to knock in two runs, while Wu Tung-jung got an RBI-single to add an insurance run.

Cuba had a chance to win it, getting two men on with only one out in the bottom of the ninth frame, but Brothers closer Lin Yu-ching got two pinch-hitters to fly out, ending the game.

Taiwan top Cuba in WBC warm-up

Taiwan last night bolstered their confidence with a 4-2 victory over Cuba at the Taichung Intercontinental Baseball Stadium to split their warm-up series at one win each, before heading to the World Baseball Classic (WBC) in South Korea.

Manager Kuo Tai-yuan adjusted the batting order, inserting several veterans to replace younger players from Monday’s lineup.

Big-hitting Cuba power past Taiwan

Cuba players delivered long balls and crucial hits with men in scoring position to defeat Taiwan 6-2 in Taichung last night, the first warm-up ahead of next month’s World Baseball Classic.

Left-handed pitcher Chen Kuan-yu, of the Chiba Lotte Marines, started the game for Taiwan, while Cuba countered with right-handed Yosbany Torres.

In the second inning, Taiwan first baseman Hsu Chi-hung hit a double after two outs, before catcher Lin Kun-shen opened the hosts’ account as his RBI-single drove in Hsu.

Thousands paid to travel to US: Cuban baseballers

Two Cuban baseball players on Tuesday told a US federal jury that they paid tens of thousands of US dollars from signing bonuses with Major League Baseball teams to a smuggling network that prosecutors say was overseen by a Florida sports agent and his trainer associate.

The players, Jorge Padron and Reinier Roibal, described how they were spirited off the communist-run island on speedboats bound for Cancun, Mexico, where they trained while awaiting documents necessary to go to the US to sign lucrative free-agent contracts.

WBC'2017: Otani Out as Pitcher for WBC

An ankle injury will prevent fans from witnessing the 100 mile per hour fastball from Shohei Otani at the World Baseball Classic. He could still be available as a hitter if his ankle can improve. If the ankle does not improve he could drop out of the tournament completely, leaving Japan without one of the best players in the tournament.

2017 Caribbean Series: Granma Horses Roster Announced

The Cuban National Series champion, the Granma Horses, has announced its roster for the 2017 Baseball Caribbean Series.

The list of players includes 12 pitchers, 2 catchers, 9 infielders, and 5 outfielders.

Granma added 9 reinforcement players to its original roster.

The 2017 Caribbean Series will be played in Culiacan, Mexico, from February 1-7.

The Cuban Team opens the CS on February 1 against Dominican Republic at 3:00pm, with games against Puerto Rico (Feb 3), Venezuela (Feb 4), and Mexico (Feb) to follow.

Here is the roster.